Mu­si­cian is star guest at fundrais­ing art show

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

NEW Or­der drum­mer Stephen Mor­ris was the star guest at an ex­hi­bi­tion or­gan­ised to help fund an am­bi­tious town cen­tre arts pro­ject.

The Sound (Track) ex­hi­bi­tion, at Charles Roe House, is a col­lec­tion of work by pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers and stu­dents from Mac­cles­field Col­lege to cel­e­brate mu­si­cal her­itage in the North West.

It’s been or­gan­ised to raise money to­wards a £1.85m pro­ject run by In­cu­ba­tion Arts, which will see Charles Roe House turned into an arts hub with a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion for his for­mer band Joy Divi­sion.

Stephen, who is back­ing the pro­ject, was guest of hon­our at the open­ing event where he en­cour­aged peo­ple to sup­port the pro­ject.

He said: “It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to be in­volved in the open­ing of Sound (Track). The show is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to see the great se­lec­tion of work from con­tem­po­rary artists and pho­tog­ra­phers show­cas­ing the lo­cal art and mu­sic scene. It is great to see the en­thu­si­asm and hard work that the stu­dents from Mac­cles­field Col­lege have put in.

“They and In­cu­ba­tion Arts need sup­port.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes work by pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phers Nigel Mait­land, An­thony Mul­ryan, Martin O’Neill and il­lus­tra­tor Nick Old­ham.

As part of the open­ing event Stephen met with stu­dents and was quizzed by for­mer Manch­ester Ha­cienda DJ Dave Haslam about some of his favourite tracks, choos­ing Sound and Vi­sion by David Bowie as one of his ‘Desert Is­land Discs’.

Julie Hamer, di­rec­tor of In­cu­ba­tion Arts, said: “It has been a great fun ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing on Sound (Track) with An­gela Devoti from Mac­cles­field Col­lege and the Art De­sign Team who have sup­ported the amaz­ing tal­ented stu­dents and put a highly pro­fes­sional show to­gether, its a credit to them. I would also like to thank Stephen Mor­ris, Dave Haslam and Hot Vestry for mak­ing the event suc­cess­ful.”

An­gela Devoti, course leader at Mac­cles­field Col­lege, said: “It has been a fan­tas­tic cre­ative unity of artists com­ing to­gether and some­thing I would like to con­tinue to sup­port in the fu­ture with In­cu­ba­tion Arts. Charles Roe House is a sig­nif­i­cant Grade II* listed town house which has an in­cred­i­ble his­tory. I am pas­sion­ate about In­cu­ba­tion Arts’ plans for the build­ing’s fu­ture and can see this be­com­ing an arts hub to nur­ture our fu­ture cre­atives. I urge the resi- dents and com­pa­nies of the town and sur­round­ing ar­eas to sup­port In­cu­ba­tion Arts’ pro­pos­als.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run un­til March 6 and is open from 10am to 4pm.

Con­tact julie@in­cu­ba­tion­ or visit in­cu­ba­tion­ to help or do­nate.

See page 27 for more pic­tures from the launch

●» Stephen Mor­ris (right) speaks to stu­dents at In­cu­ba­tion Arts about his mu­si­cal in­flu­ences with Dave Haslam

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